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Specify an elevation for 3D features

When you create z-aware features, you can specify z-values on the Edit tab, in the Elevation group. Mode Constant toggles z-value input modes on and off. In a map or a scene, you can type a constant z-value or set the z-value by clicking an active surface. In a scene, you can also set z-values by clicking the view.

By default, z-values are applied to new features in the following ways:

  • In maps, the default z-value is set to zero (0).
  • In scenes, z-values are derived from the active elevation surface when you click the scene.

For steps to convert a map to a scene, see Configure a scene for 3D editing .

Set a constant z-value

In a map or a scene, to set a constant z-value, enable Constant Constant, and type a value in the text box. In a scene, you can autofill the text box by clicking Get Z from View Get Z From View, and clicking the view.

Note:

If you have a feature construction tool actively running, skip to step 6.

  1. On the Edit tab in the Features group, click Create Create Features.

    The Create Features pane appears.

  2. In the pane, click a feature template that creates 3D features.
  3. Next to the tool palette, click the forward arrow Forward.

    The tool palette and the feature attribute table for the active template appear in the pane.

  4. In the attribute table, type the values you want to apply to the new feature.
    • For group templates, click a template icon to display its attribute table.
  5. On the Edit tab, in the Snapping group, enable your snapping preferences, and move the pointer back to the map.
  6. Click a feature construction tool.
  7. On the Edit tab, in the Elevation group, click the Mode arrow and click Constant Constant.

    The elevation text box is enabled.

  8. Set a constant elevation z-value using one of the following methods:
    • Click the elevation text box and type the z-value.
    • To autofill the text box when you are working in an active scene, click Get Z from View Get Z From View and click a surface.
  9. Create new vertices or point features.

    The z-value in the text box is applied to all new vertices and features.

  10. To stop using the elevation tools and apply the default z-values, click the top half of the Mode button and turn the elevation tools off.

Get z-values from a surface

In a map, to get z-values from an elevation surface, enable Surface Surface. Click the Surface arrow, choose a surface, and click the map. This input mode is available only with maps containing one or more elevation surfaces.

Note:

If you have a feature construction tool actively running, skip to step 5.

  1. On the Edit tab in the Features group, click Create Create Features.

    The Create Features pane appears.

  2. In the pane, click a feature template that creates 3D features.
  3. Next to the tool palette, click the forward arrow Forward.

    The tool palette and the feature attribute table for the active template appear in the pane.

  4. In the attribute table, type the values you want to apply to the new feature.
    • For group templates, click a template icon to display its attribute table.
  5. On the Edit tab, in the Elevation group, click the Mode arrow and click Surface Surface.
  6. If more than one surface is defined for the map, click the Surface arrow and choose a surface.
  7. Proceed to create new vertices or point features.

    The z-values are derived from the active surface where you click the map, and they are applied to all new vertices and features.

  8. To stop using the elevation tools and apply the default z-values, click the top half of the Mode button and turn the elevation tools off.